The Woman in the Fifth

Movie information

What you cannot resist, you may not survive. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for some sexual content, language and violent images.
Released on:
June 15, 2012 (limited)
VOD Release Date: June 15, 2012

Previously Announced Release Dates:
October 21, 2011

Production Companies:
Haut et Court
ATO Pictures

Status: Released

Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Screenwriter: Douglas Kennedy, Pawel Pawlikowski
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Thriller
About the film:
American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris to be closer to his young daughter who is living with his estranged ex-wife. Completely broke, he accepts a job as a night guard for a local crime boss. Stationed in a basement office, his only task is to push a button when a bell rings. The tranquility of the night, he hopes, will help him focus on his new novel.

His days become more exciting when he starts a romance with Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas), a mysterious and elegant widow who sets strange rules to their meetings: she will only see him at her apartment in the fifth arrondissement, at 5 pm sharp, twice a week and he should ask no questions about her work or her past life.

When people suddenly start dying around Tom, he begins to believe that a dark force has entered his life, punishing anyone who has recently done him wrong. After the police accuse him of murdering his neighbor, Tom tries to use his weekly visits to Margit's apartment as an alibi, only to find out that she hasn't lived at this address for the past 15 years.
Rated R for some sexual content, language and violent images.

Project Timeline:
Feb. 12, 2011: Distributor: ATO Pictures
Nov. 11, 2011: Release Date: June 15, 2011
Box Office: Opening weekend: $33,011 (9 theaters) |
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  • The Woman in the Fifth: A Novel

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